I’m writing to make you aware and invite you to a COP interest meeting on Saturday April 25th, 10am, at the Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department.
After a series of crimes in Parkwood and the surrounding communities, we asked the Durham Police Department to increase the number of officers patrolling south Durham. DPD’s response was that they lacked the manpower to increase patrols.
Parkwood and other nearby communities that we're reaching out to are in Durham Police districts 3 and 4.
Our goal is to give existing officers more time to actively patrol our area by reducing the time they spend on non-emergency services. We are working with the DPD to recruit citizen volunteers for an existing DPD-sponsored program, the Citizen Observer Patrol (COP).
You’re probably already familiar with the COP program but if not, here’s their website;
It uses trained citizen volunteers during daylight hours to perform non-emergency services that that police officers would otherwise do.
The COP volunteers that cover Districts 3 and 4 only have enough manpower to patrol one day a week. According to the DPD COP coordinator, with 17 additional volunteers, this program could have volunteers on patrol every day of the week.
We believe that we can recruit these 17 volunteers if the communities in south Durham come together to make their homeowners aware of the COP program and encourage them to attend an April 25, 2015 COP recruitment meeting, where individuals can discuss the program with Officer Suitt (the Durham police COP coordinator), other police officers from Police Districts 3 and 4, and current COP volunteers. The meeting will be from 10 to 11am at the Parkwood Volunteer Fire Department, 1409 Seaton Rd, Durham, NC 27713.
If you need more information or have suggestions, please contact the Parkwood Association office (firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-544-2161).
Communities and homeowners associations that we have reached out to so far:
Auburn (Auburn Hills, Auburn Park, Auburn Square)
Hope Valley Farms
Hope Valley North
Villages of Parkwood